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That’s right! It was time to take the next step. Here’s hoping you follow us on our new journey at brickbackground.com. Cleaner layout and new ideas but still the same voice imploring you to forever keep the search for good rock n roll alive. Come check out the site, sign up to get on our cool kid list (email)  and most importantly, let us know what you think of the new site. Thanks for being with brickbackground thus far. Let’s keep the party lit!

And for those of you that don’t want to keep it lit, heed my warning….

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Morning Hype! King Khan and the Shrines!

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A new video and new tour dates for garage rock’s wildest shaman get this morning kicked off proper. King Khan and the Shrines are pretty much must see live material and by the looks of this new video they haven’t toned down the “what the fuck’ factor one iota either. Already looking forward to June 5th…..

 

King Khan & the Shrines(all dates with Red Mass)

Fri 05/30/14 The Mohawk Austin TX

Sun 06/01/14 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans LA

Mon 06/02/14 40 Watt Club Athens GA

Wed 06/04/14 Ottobar Baltimore MD

Thu 06/05/14 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA

Fri 06/06/14 LPR – Le Poisson Rouge New York NY

Sat 06/07/14 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Tue 06/10/14 The Sinclair Cambridge MA

Wed 06/11/14 Club Cafe Pittsburgh PA

Thu 06/12/14 Ace of Cups Columbus OH

Sun 06/15/14 Off Broadway St. Louis MO

Mon 06/16/14 Empty Bottle Chicago IL

Tue 06/17/14 7th St Entry Minneapolis MN

Wed 06/18/14 Gabes Iowa City IA

Thu 06/19/14 The Record Bar Kansas City MO

Sat 06/21/14 Westword Music Showcase Denver CO

Sun 06/22/14 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City UT

Wed 06/25/14 Neumos Seattle WA

Thu 06/26/14 Star Theater Portland OR

Sat 06/28/14 The Chapel San Francisco CA

Sun 06/29/14 Troubadour Los Angeles CA

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Morning Hype! Hockey! The Best Kind Of Hype!

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I have awoken in enemy territory. This is nothing new as I’ve gone through the motions of waking in enemy territory nearly every morning for close to four years but today it does feel new. I truly do feel like the enemy. And I know before I’m even out of bed that I will embrace my role to its fullest. My people will be proud.

My captors believe it is their time now. That our reign is over and the torch, literally and figuratively, is ready to be passed. But a nation that cares only once every four years, one that cares only about revenge, is not ready to bear such a bright flame, one that burns so deep in my people that it illuminates our entire nation. They are not ready, mentally or physically, to present “our game” with the pride it so rightly deserves. Not yet, and likely not ever.

So I will don my colors yet again. I will enter their world with my head held high. No headphones for my journey today. I will welcome all conversation. I will explain my place and with the good-natured kindness my nation is internationally renowned for make them understand our passion. I will be polite and I will smile. Unitl the puck drops. Then it is war. There will be casualties. Friendships will be challenged and families will be torn. But it is war. This is what happens. And my enemy is not ready. Not yet, and likely not ever.

At least not until they can write a song that rivals this:

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New Tunes: Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves

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Well, this is certainly one way to announce your return. Stephen McBean is bringing back the sleazy, sexed -up Pink Mountaintops for the first time since 2009 and if the first single off the April 29th released “Get Back” is any indication then he certainly hasn’t forgotten how to sleaze or sex. “North Hollywood Microwaves” features Annie Hardy from Giant Drag along with a few references about anal sex, donkey punches and of course bear cum. Throw in some real smutty sax and this album, along with most everything else McBean and whoever he’s aligned himself with at any given time have ever released, will definitely not suck. Unless maybe you ask real nicely….

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Songs of the Day: Minto – Mountain Tree/Ratted Out

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Vancouver mainstays Minto have a new EP coming out called Days Gone By and it continues to rumble along in their tradition of Canadian country tinged rock and roll, heavy on the rock. Canadiana? Is that a thing? I don’t know but Mountain Tree  definitely take me back to the homeland. I guess you could also maybe call The Sadies “Canadiana”. Either or, they’ve been solid for a long time and with the recent addition of man about town Adam Fink behind the skins…. well, look out. He’s been killing it lately as evidenced by the amount of Vancouver bands requesting demanding his sterling rhythmic services. They’re having an EP release show at The Cobalt this Friday if you’re in Vancouver and hopefully more dates to follow. Check their Facebook page for more tracks from the EP as well as everything else you didn’t know you needed to know.

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Ratted Out

 

 

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Future Hype! Early 2014’s Most Anticipated!

So before we get down to the business of waxing nostalgic on 2013 we though that we’d take a dip into the future and see what the first few months of 2014 will hold for us. These are certainly not the be all end all for what will be good in 2014 nor are they in any particular order. Just some good tunes that we can all look forward to….

1: Jesus Sons “Title TBA” Release Date early 2014. A new project from the former bassist of Brick Background favorite The Spyrals. Garage rock goodness. Out on Mock Records.

 

2:Black Lips “Underneath The Rainbow” Release Date Mar 2014. Atlanta shit disturbers back with a southern rock/country tinged record. Interesting concept. Out on Vice Records.

 

3: The Men “Tomorrow’s Hits” Release Date Mar 4th. Brooklyn punkers turned noise folk jammers release an album a year. 2014 will be no different. Out on Sacred Bones.

 

4: The Pack A.D. “Do Not Engage” Release Date Jan 28th. Vancouver’s criminally underrated duo return with legendary producer Jim Diamond back at the helm. Out on Mint Records.

 

5: The War On Drugs “Lost In The Dream” Release Date Mar 18th. Philly based rock and roll versed in the art of trippy Americana. Out on Secretly Canadian

 

6: Natural Child “Dancin’ With Wolves” Release Date Feb 25th. You can take the boys out of Nashville but you can’t take Nashville out of the boys. Hyped for this one. Out on Burger Records

 

7: Against Me! “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” Release Date Jan 21st.  Hopefully a return to form after the overproduced 2010 effort “White Crosses”. Self released on their Total Treble label

 

8: Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” Release Date Mar 25th. If for some sick and twisted reason you need an introduction, here it is:

Some other records that may pique the interest that I’m sure I’ll touch on through the year include new Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, heavy vibes from Philly’s Hound and pretty much any thing from the new wave of San Francisco’s psych garage scene. Bring it, 2014!

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Brick Brothers: Black Mountain/Darker My Love

I’m going to start something new here at Brick Background. How long it lasts remains to be seen though it has plenty of potential and certainly a never-ending stock of supply. You see, I spend a lot of time in front of my computer and have taken to using Spotify when I don’t particularly feel like picking something specific out of the library. For those of you who don’t have Spotify, they have a fantastic sidebar called Related Artists that is actually pretty spot on when it comes to suggestions, as is their “Discover” app which is pretty much the same idea though it just makes suggestions on what you’ve recently been listening to as a whole, not just in relation to a certain artist. Allmusic.com also has a similar sidebar that I have used to bounce around their massive log of music. The plan is to find a new artist, be it new to me or new to everybody, it doesn’t’ matter. I may have heard the band’s’ name before, like todays entry, but for whatever reason never gave a good listening to. Link the bands, write some clever little blurb and hopefully help you find some similar minded bands to match to personal favorites you’ve already collected. The bands may not sound exactly the same but there will a link of some sort, a degree of separation if you will. Does that work there? I don’t know, but it’s staying.

Now this isn’t the time to get into the pros and cons of music streaming websites. I understand they don’t pay very much(if at all)to the artists but I believe this should/can/will change in time. It’s easy to see why artists feel like they’re getting ripped off having their art out there basically for free, but they have the choice to put it there or not and more often than not it’s there. And hey, people could just download it for free illegally and then the artist wouldn’t get shit, which is the unfortunate yet blunt truth of it. With music streaming sites at least there are avenues provided to find new music and if that click in the related artist section gets somebody out to a show and they buy a t-shirt or poster as well as bring a friend, well, there’s a couple buck in the band’s pocket that they’re not getting from an illegal download. Again, I believe people forget how new the idea of music streaming is in the grand scheme of things and that there are definitely kinks,especially from the artists standpoint, that still need to be worked out. Things happen really fast in This The New Age but it shouldn’t be forgotten that blank cassette tapes and blank CDs were also said to be rushed into the market and where would your musical tastes be if you hadn’t come across that mix CD/tape that what’s her name slipped into your locker in Grade 11? Exactly.

Today is  a perfect example of the new leading forth to the old(er). My morning began with Black Mountain’s Year Zero, a compilation/soundtrack from 2012 that contains what were at the time five new songs as well as four tracks from previous albums. While browsing the related artists I was surprised to see Darker My Love, a band who admittedly I had written off for whatever reasons, most likely because their name sounds more adept to a bunch of twenty-something boys with eyeliner and their sisters jeans on than it does a bunch of LA psych rockers. I started at the beginning and played through the entire catalog consisting of three full lengths and some demos etc., with their most recent long player coming out in 2010. There’s little else to say about them as their FB page hasn’t been updated in over a year, they don’t seem to have their own website and typing in the word “new” before their name in Google brings up less than favorable reviews of 2010’s Alive As You Are, which leads me to believe they’re either holed up writing new music, broken up entirely or seriously in need of a new publicist. No matter though because today I’m going with a track off the aptly if not lazily named second album  2. The song is Add One To The Other, fitting both with Black Mountain’s heavy psych bliss that brought me to Darker My Love and what will be the ongoing theme of this new-found category. Hope you dig it.

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Song of the Day: Needles//Pins – Drop In

So I was just reading a CMJ article featuring Vancouver up and comers Tough Age, who’s killer new album came out this week, and they mentioned Needles//Pins as another Vancouver group who deserve some attention. So I looked into it and lo and behold Tough Age was right! Good music and good taste. I mean that in a literal sense as well, since they also mentioned Budgies Burrito’s in East Vancouver and more specifically, The Poser. It’s goddamn delicious and now I want to go back home, even though I was just there a month ago and made The Poser my last meal before I returned to cheesesteak land. Mmmmm….East Van everything……..ahhhh……

Definitely check out Needles//Pins. You can do that here.

 

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Morning Hype! Tough Age!

Vancouver seems to have a bit of a dirty bubblegum pop(scuzz pop?)revival going on, with bands like Chains Of Love and today’s newly discovered Tough Age putting out really good garage rock records that reach beyond the perpetual dreariness of the Northwest and actually provide a much needed ray of sunlight to the scene’s Vitamin D deficient music aficionados. With influences ranging from Phil Spector-esque doo-wop to Dick Dale surf rock to fellow Northwesterners The Sonics brand of proto-punk, the band wears it all on their sleeve without coming off sounding like the carbon copy ripoff that a lot of today’s “revivalist” bands do. Tough Age’s self titled debut is being released by Vancouver mainstay label Mint Records November 12th and you can stream it over at Exclaim right now. Not only worth the click but worth an actual trek down to the local record store to flaunt your immaculate musical knowledge to all the cool kids hanging out. They’ll be thankful you did, but they’ll never admit it.

 

 

Mint Records website here

Tough Age Facebook here

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Travel Hype! Thee Oh Sees

After a week of blurred vision and grape stomping, it’s time to leave the fantasy-like world of the Okanagan vineyards and head to beautiful Vancouver to marry off a friend. First some live music to tend though, in the form of big time Album of the Year contenders Thee Oh Sees, along with their friends The Blind Shake and OBNIII’s. The venue is The Rickshaw and the co-pilot is Bruddah Bax. Tonight is not gonna suck.

 

 

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